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Joe Meek: The RGM Legacy - Portrait of a Genius [Box set]

Joe Meek Audio CD
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Product details

  • Audio CD (2 Jun 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B0001WPSHW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,718 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Joe Remembers - Part One
2. Gary Miller - The Yellow Rose Of Texas
3. Bett Miller - The Next Train Out Of Town
4. Big Bill Broonzy - It Feels So Good
5. Joe Meek - Robin Hood
See all 26 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Joe Remembers - Part Two
2. The Blue Men - I Hear A New Word (Excerpts: Entry Of The Globbots/Valley Of The Saroo's/Magnetic Field)
3. Peter Jay & The Blue Men - Just Too Late
4. It's A Triumph - Radio Luxembourg Jingle
5. George Chakiris - Heart Of A Teenage Girl
See all 27 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Joe Remembers - Part Three
2. Joe Meek - Telstar 1st Stage Demo
3. Dave Adams - Telstar 2nd Stage Demo
4. The Tornados - Telstar
5. Billie Davies - Don't You Knock On My Door
See all 29 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Deke Arlon & The Offbeats - I'm Just A Boy
2. Deke Arlon & The Offbeats - Can't Make Up My Mind
3. Paul Kane - My Fair Baby's Coming For Me
4. The Sabres - Don't Go Away
5. The Cameos - My Baby's Coming Home
See all 30 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Four CDs in a long box, with 48-page, full color, saddle-stitched booklet, brimming with rare pics and memorabilia. "The Ultimate Joe Meek Anthology", this is his first wholly comprehensive career overview. Disc 1: presents many of the hits he engineered for the major UK labels during the mid/late 50s. Disc 2: Joe goes it alone, and tops the UK Charts with "Johnny Remember Me". Disc 3: ‘Telstar’ propels Meek to international success. Disc 4: "Have I The Right’ Introduces a whole new RGM sound. Disc 2, 3 and 4 include copious collectors’ rarities, demos, interviews, previously unissued sides, etc. Liner notes by St Etienne’s Bob Stanley, a self-confessed Joe Meek fanatic.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars latest Joe Meek release 22 Sep 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This Cd Boxed set has been along time in coming sterling work by particular people. Beautiful packaging nice CD's and lovely booklet well worth the money-- If you are a Meekophile then you will already have the unreleased tracks, as they have been doing the rounds for Years- If a new meek freak then this is just what you want a great start-Shame they had to include tracks Like "Have I The Right" The Honeycombs & Just Like Eddie Heinz Theres many more could of been added. I suppose as the concept of the album is Joe's Work as it unfolded okay. There is nothing new here for me personally but make no mistake this is a Magnus Opus-of a work and effort worth every penny you spend. One of the Stand Out Tracks is " Message To Dave & Dee" By Joe Meek Himself- could be released now as a single brilliant- On disc 4 I would of liked to have seen tracks Like "Every Little Once In A While" The Shakeouts- Crawdaddy Simone" The Syndicates- for starters. On the first disc Jackie Davies Somewhere Over The Rainbow- Chico Arnez ( same person)-Yashmak would of been a better choice than Frankie Vaughans Green Door- but there you are. If you have just found an interest in Joe Meek dont hesitate and buy this then try and find the other 60 CD's already released worldwide mostly in the UK---I am also Not sure about the warblings Of Joe Meek doing pre Telstar- does not Give Joe real Creedence-- Sound restoration and overall general sound is excellent some tracks have been slowed from the original unreleased and some are not as good as the originals certainly not mine- but dont let this detract you from buying It. I am speaking as a Meek Researcher and adjudicator not as a potential new Meek buyer overall great item you should not be without
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Meek for Meek Fanatics 16 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD
This box set is great for Joe Meek enthusiasts, because it covers almost all the different periods of Meek's production. However, it's probably best suited for hardcore fans, since this includes very different styles of music, and hardly all of the songs will appeal to the listener in the same way. The first cd has some very interesting jazz recordings, in which Joe had worked as an engenieer. However, it also carries some recordings where you can't find any 'special sounding stuff' that you would normally associate with Joe Meek. From the second cd on, all songs are very 'Meeked', but that also doesn't mean they are all good. Since there are circa 28 tracks per cd, this may make the whole experience a bit 'too much' for the less interested ear. However, for fans it's a real trip to 'Meekland'. One of the most interesting things in the box are the three versions of Telstar, that give you a hint of how he came up with that crazy song. And Heinz's version of Dylan's 'Don't Think Twice, It's Alright' actually doesen't sound too bad either. The box also contains a really cool book with Meek's tragic life story and quotes from people that worked with him, like John Leyton and Ritchie Blackmore. To sum it up, if you you're a fan, buy it now and thank yourself later. If you're not a fan, but want to know more of Meek, the best choice might the 2 cd compilation "Joe Meek - The Alchemist Of Pop".
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Meek Lives!! 29 Sep 2005
Format:Audio CD
This four disc boxed set is what we'd all been waiting for. As well as all his hits, we have loads of his engineered stuff, previously unreleased stuff from the infamous "tea chest tapes", stuff never intended for release - Joe's message to Dave and Dee, Joe's answerphone message (with his secretary Pip I think??), and rare tracks that, although released, are damned hard to get hold of. In all a fabulous boxed set, charting the rise and fall of the greatest independant record producer of them all!! Buy it, you won't regret it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who would have believed it? 16 May 2010
By Richard
Format:Audio CD
Today its the new way to collect-the Long Box,Proper Box or the Bas Relief.You usually get 4 CDs plus a thick booklet of an hours' reading.
Joe Meek for instance probably never saw anything like this-the only comps were on vinyl and were just the hits not the rareities
This is the last word really and follows a whole series of themed CDs (instrumentals,girl singers,Freakbeat)and the Alchemist of Pop.
The period from 1967 to around 20 years later saw Meek out of favor but collected by a minority.In other words a Cult.
Rock critics laid down a whole new set of rules about what you were supposed to listen to like Prog Rock or whatever yet Joe Meek was doing this sort of stuff in the early 60s.
I Hear A New World for instance never saw light of day as a full CD-only an EP had existed previously and obviously years ahead of its time.
Joe Meek was once offered a chance to manage the Beatles but thankfully turned it down-his own vision of music would never include the Beatles and few Lennon-McCartney songs passed his way.
No one is ever going to say everything Meek touched was of the same calibre-his own version of Telstar stands as Outsider Music!
Meek was the original Mad Scientist and that's how you tend to prefer him
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent compilation! 20 April 2006
Format:Audio CD
As a mid-level Meek-o-phile who had a few other Meek-related cds, this box set is a great step up. I was pleased to realize I had only about 10% of the tracks on here already. The organization of the discs manages to provide a comprehensive overview of Joe's career while at the same time offering up a treasure trove of less familiar songs. Bravo!
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